*** Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe

Another novel written from the point of view of a child! It’s a girl this time, and the focus of Man at the Helm is on her mother, freshly divorced in a conservative British town in the conservative 70s, depressed and badly medicated, and for the first two thirds of the story unable to stir herself to manage her children, her household, and certainly not her sex life. The older children decide that what they need is a proper head of the household, so they devise various hilarious strategies to snare the very few eligible men in town, while their unsuspecting mother generally bungles their lives, but when all seems lost suddenly gets a grip. In any case, the book is not about redemption, but more about the wry humor of a chaotic family.

Written by the author of Love, Nina. Her experience with children shows.


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